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Bladder calculus

Bladder calculi occur either from migrated renal calculi or urinary stasis. Bladder calculi can be divided into primary and secondary stones:

Secondary bladder calculi, in otherwise normal bladders, were previously common, but are now very uncommon in Western nations 2. When encountered, the most common cause is due to urinary stasis, including from:

Family history is found in up to one-third of idiopathic cases 2.

Bladder calculi may present with pain, infection, hematuria or may be asymptomatic.

Usually densely radiopaque, calculi may be single or multiple and are often large. Frequently lamination is observed internally, like the skin of an onion.

Sonographically they are mobile, echogenic, and shadow distally. They may be associated with bladder wall thickening due to inflammation.

The earliest method of operative removal of bladder calculus was performed via the perineal route with the patient in a supine position and the legs elevated, hence the term lithotomy position.

  • occasionally a calculus which appears to be in the bladder is actually in the most distal part of the ureterovesical junction: rescanning the patient in the prone position can help to distinguish these from true bladder calculi
  • for a tiny calculus abutting the anterior margin of the bladder, consider a calcification at the insertion of a urachal remnant into the urinary bladder 4
  • for other pelvic calcifications which could just outside the course of the bladder, consider entities such as vascular calcification, most commonly phleboliths ref

Article information

rID: 997
System: Urogenital
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Bladder stones
  • Bladder stone
  • Intravesical calculus
  • Vesical calculi
  • Bladder calculi
  • Vesical calculus

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